So apparently DotEmu has replied to the accusations about the NEOGEO bundle: http://www.dotemu.com/Letter/NeoGeo.html
25th Neo Geo Humble Bundle project: clarifications
Several months ago, we got together with our friends at Humble Bundle and SNK in order to talk about a project for the Neo Geo 25th anniversary. The idea was to get Neo Geo fans and players around the world legal access to more than 20 original Neo Geo classics, true to the original gaming experience. As we always do and have always done, we wanted to make those classics available for everyone: not only Windows users, but also Mac and Linux users. The three of us even had the crazy idea of making these games available directly on everyone’s browser. It has been a big challenge, a long and hard work but today, even if games are never perfect on day one, we are proud of the result and we are already working on the reported bugs.
More than a year ago, we bought 100% of the rights to use Gametap’s emulator Nebula, along with many other emulators. Legal emulation is and has always been our core activity. We acquired legally Nebula in order to integrate it in our own emulation engine and technologies, on which we have worked for several years. Nebula has the advantage of being compatible with a huge range of Neo Geo ROMS and shows very good performances on the majority of the emulated games.
All the ROMS and game engines we use are approved and validated by their owners, our friends at SNK. And like all our previous work with them, everything is 100% legal, and will always be.
We are a team of passionate people from Paris and one of our goal is to make beloved retro licenses legally available for everyone. We are gamers and have a great respect for those pieces of gaming History, and our dedication has been rewarded many times: thanks to you, all the Neo Geo games that we already made available legally along the years have an average grade of 80% across every platforms.
Accusations of stealing are defamation, and we cannot remain silent. We truly understand the confusion and your concern, but we can assure you that our work has been and will always be done in total respect of the games, the gamers and the law.
Thank for your support. Your opinion and feedback are always important for us.
The DotEmu Team
If they legally bought the rights to use Nebula then I honestly don't see a problem here -- unless there's something I'm genuinely missing here. That being said, poor emulation and buggy mobile ports hardly excuse DotEmu. It's also bizarre that they still don't offer any of their recent ports for sale on their own site.